Settlement of conflict in Western Sahara: Optimistic about peace process

Algiers, February 4, 2019 (SPS) - Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) to Algiers Abdelkader Taleb Omar affirmed Sunday that the Sahrawi side is very optimistic about the “positive atmosphere” marking the peace process conducted by the United Nations (UN) for the settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara.

In a statement to APS at the Sahrawi embassy, Taleb said that the biggest test facing today the Security Council is “to reach negotiations dealing with the root of this conflict and ensuring to the Sahrawi people their right to self-determination.”

“All the concerned sides testify to the existence of a positive atmosphere with regard to the efforts made by the UN envoy Horst Kohler who welcomed, in his last briefing at the Security Council, the measures that have been taken so far, concerning the settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara,” which, he added, gave a new impetus while opening up promising prospects to resolve the conflict.

According to the Sahrawi diplomat, all the parties agreed to organize a new round of negotiations whose preparations will take place in February.

It is also expected that Kohler establishes bilateral contacts with the two sides to the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco, in addition to the neighboring countries, pending the holding, in March, of another negotiation session.

The Sahrawi ambassador expressed the hope that this optimism continues in order to transform it into palpable actions able to exert pressure on Morocco, so that it ends its positions hindering the international efforts. (SPS)